Laureate City 2019
About the Program
2019/20: Margaret Michèle Cook
2019/20: Deanna Young
2017/18: Andrée Lacelle
2017/18: Jamaal Jackson Rogers
March 26 – 31
Karasick is a NY-based Canadian performer of “proto-ecstatic jet-propulsive word torsion” (George Quasha).
Aifric Mac Aodha
Irish-language poet and editor Aifric Mac Aodha comes in from Dublin for this reading.
Ottawa musician Alrick Huebener currently plays bass in the acoustic band Hurry Up and Wait.
VERSeFest is thrilled to introduce our inaugural Poet-in-Residence, local poet and short fiction author Amal El-Mohtar.
Andrée Lacelle is the first francophone to be appointed Poet Laureate of Ottawa.
Annie St-Jean is the editor of
Slam Outaouais : 10 ans de parole
Anomaly is a Montreal musician, poet, and community organizer.
Armand Garnet Ruffo
Armand Garnet Ruffo's much-anticipated
is from Wolsak and Wynn.
Ásta Fanney Sigurdardóttir
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic poet and an artist.
Called the Godfather of Canadian Poetry, bissett is renowned for his dynamic repertoire of concrete and sound poetry.
Billeh Nickerson is the author of five books and a silver medalist at the Canadian Gay Curling Championships.
The pride of Edmonton, Billy-Ray Belcourt won the Griffin with one of the year's most read books.
Retired English professor and organic farmer who now devotes his life to writing.
is about way-finding—through those moments in which you no longer recognize where you are.
A poet of few words, Cameron Anstee chooses good ones.
Slam Poet since 2008, CéZuRe quickly discovered a passion for the stage.
Celena Bedford writes poetry with themes of feminism and relationships.
Chloé LaDuchesse is the fifth poet laureate of the city of Greater Sudbury.
Chukky Ibe's poetry often comments on politics and the role it plays in shaping the human condition.
Clara Lagacé’s first poetry collection
En cale sèche
(David, 2017) won the Prix Jacques-Poirier at the Salon du livre de l'Outaouais.
Claudia Coutu Radmore
The diverse poetry of Claudia Coutu Radmore has won several national contests.
Dani Couture received an honour of distinction for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers.
Daniel Groleau Landry
Daniel Groleau Landry was awarded the Trillium Book Award for French Poetry and his latest is
Fragments de ciel
Danielle K.L. Grégoire
VERSeFest Hall of Fame Danielle K.L. Grégoire returns.
Ottawa poet David O’Meara is the author of four collections of poetry so far.
Deanna Young – English Poet Laureate, Ottawa.
Poetry for the whole family: Author of beloved
, Dennis Lee offers a delightful experience for all ages.
Doyali Islam’s hot off the press second collection,
investigates rupture and resilience.
Émilie Turmel explores the internalized violence of women's bodies and pays tribute to their resilience.
Éric Charlebois debuts
with expert wordplay, technically sound poetry, and bold imagery.
It's as if there’s a little swinging door inside the poems of Elizabeth Ross.
A committed humanist, Fanny Lachambre uses words and photographs to communicate her vision of life and all that moves and changes her.
Montreal writer Gillian Sze is the author of nine poetry collections.
A VERSeFest Hall of Famer and awarded Gatineau’s
, Guy Jean’s poetry is internationally acclaimed.
Harold Hoefle’s debut poetry collection is
The Night Chorus
, ( McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018).
Herménégilde Chiasson is a visual artist, but also a writer, a filmmaker and a playwright.
Infinite Mind is an Ottawa-based spoken word poet.
is masterly minimalism grounded in nature.
Jean-Marc Desgent is widely considered a major figure in contemporary francophone poetry.
Local poet Jenny Haysom presents her first full-length collection of poems,
Dividing the Wayside
Novelist, short story writer, cultural journalist and slam artist José Claer is, in all genres, first and foremost a poet.
Author Julie Huard is also a reporter/director, a facilitator, a photographer and a traveler.
Katharina Schultens has four poetry collections and has just won the Poetry Prize Basel
Klara du Plessis
Our finite world is brimming with choices, possibilities, transformations suggests
by du Plessis.
Le R premier
Le Scap is a Canadian battle rapper from Gatineau, Quebec.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg artist, musician, poet and writer.
Haiku master Lenard Moore is a writer, musician, editor, and professor.
The Geography of Jazz
Linda Besner’s second collection is
Feel Happier in Nine Seconds
Manahil Bandukwala is the author of
(Anstruther Press, 2019).
Margaret Michèle Cook
Margaret Michele Cook – French Poet Laureate, Ottawa.
Funny, touching and heart-wrenching, Marie Darsigny's poetry combines nostalgia of spice-tinged Spice Girl and dépanneur wine.
Mark L. Winston
Mark L. Winston received a GG award for his book
Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive
Mary Noonan from Cork gives sonic delights through reflections on what skin remembers.
A songwriter and composer, Franco-Ontarian rocker Melissa Ouimet is also a poet.
Michel Côté is a poet and visual artist whose work has won many awards. He has also taught philosophy and Chinese thought.
Michel Ouellette is an author, playwright and poet.
A prevailing voice in tanka, haiku, senryu, tanka and haibun in English and French Canada.
Monique Manatch is Executive Director and one of the founders of Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations
Nicole Brossard is an acclaimed Montreal-born poet, novelist and essayist who has won numerous literary awards.
Paul Savoie is a writer and translator with more than twenty books in both French and English.
Phoebe Wang is a Canadian writer and educator, author of
Pierre Nepveu wrote
The Hardness of Matter and Water
, translated by Donald Winkler, (Signal Editions, 2018).
The Panic Room
by Rebecca Păpucaru won The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards 2018.
Ren Iwamoto is a humble goblin trying to find meaning amongst the chaos.
Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Renée Sarojini Saklikar's latest book is a B.C. bestseller:
Listening to the Bees
(Nightwood Editions, 2018).
Rhube Knox strives to leave her audience seen, trusted, and sometimes healed, but never broken.
In Richard Harrison’s Governor General’s Award-winning poetry, elegy and love poem become one.
Vancouver poet and author Rob Taylor edited
What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation
Writing led Sam Taskie towards a poetry community that he calls home.
Satinka Schilling aka Poetiquette
Spoken word artist Satinka is an actress and chef and will perform some delicious words.
Sennah Yee's raw, down-to-earth honesty delights; hers is an important voice.
Shawn Katuwapitiya went to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word with a poem called Gratitude.
Shery Alexander Heinis
Shery Alexander Heinis’ poetry is imbued with eclectic imagery, colour, soul, power and warmth.
Longtemps j’ai porté mes deuils comme des habits trop grands
marks the return of Stefan Psenak to poetry.
Widely published and passionately curious, stephanie roberts is a new poet to watch.
t'ai freedom ford
t’ai freedom ford uses language both evocatively rich and colloquially sharp and sly
Tanya Evanson is an inspirational Antiguan-Canadian poet, performer, producer and arts educator.
Tess Liem contends with the difficult practice of obituaries in her debut collection
Ursula Andkjær Olsen
Major Danish poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen's poems push back against injustice in a fractal asymmetry.
Vanessa Rotondo a.k.a. V
Vanessa Rotondo merges science with art and words to facilitate expression.
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